Engineering Apprentice


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Overview & Job Purpose

Focusing on the Fundamentals of Quality, EHS, Customer service and People Engagement, the engineering apprenticeship will provide core skill competencies to meet the requirements of a multi-skilled engineer at the end of the programme, providing future talent for the engineering department.

During the engineering apprenticeship you will spend most of the first year at a local training provider, studying theory elements of the apprenticeship and gaining practical workshop experience. In subsequent years you will complete a series of job rotations in engineering teams across the site building knowledge of the different types of equipment. Your rotations may include time in manufacturing, packaging, utilities & facilities and automation & control.

At the beginning of each rotation, you will be set a series of learning objectives so you will always know what is expected of you. You will also continue to attend our training provider at least one day a week working towards your multi-skilled Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship and Engineering HNC.

Your on-the-job training will include attending and root causing breakdowns, carrying out routine maintenance as well as assisting in the design, testing and commissioning of new equipment. You will also learn how to analyse equipment data, identifying trends and suggesting and implementing improvements using data acquired from the Site MES (Manufacturing Execution System).

As well as gaining practical levels of experience, you will be improving your presentation skills, developing your project management skills and learning lean business improvement techniques. 

Key Responsibilities, scope for decision making, KPI's

  • Learn to assist in ensuring any EHS or product quality related issues are raised and dealt with in the appropriate manner.
  • Learn to work within a culture that drives the health and safety, to create a healthy and risk free working environment.
  • Demonstrate the right attitude and behaviours to succeed in the engineering apprenticeship programme.
  • Continue to demonstrate Suntory core behaviours whilst working off-site, with the designated training provider (Yatte Minahare! - Go for it, Act with integrity – be respectful to others, Work as one team, whilst focus on Doing it better)
  • Ensure compliance to policies, rules and procedures of LRS and the external training provider.
  • Work with internal mentors and external trainers to meet the assessment criteria on time and to the required standard.
  • Record all times and attendance hours.
  • Undertake statutory training as may be required and product training by consultation.
  • Commit to personal and team development through application of the PDR processes.
  • Learn to ensure all engineering tasks are recorded in an accurate and timely manner within the site Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMs).
  • Learn to build effective relationships with department members, providing robust ways of working
  • throughout the programme.
  • Learn to provide on-shift support to packaging line engineers within a shift-based environment.
  • Provide up to date high standard and accurate records of your work throughout the programme
  • which will be subject for review and assessment.
  • Learn to ensure that all manufacturing lines and engineering owned areas are maintained to the
  • highest of standards.

Qualifications and Professional Experience

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at least grade C (or equivalent) to include Maths and English. Science and other engineering subjects would be advantageous.

Key Competencies and Skills

  • Genuine and demonstrable interest in the practical aspects of engineering.
  • Good technical aptitude.
  • Good diagnostic skills.
  • Strong problem-solving ability
  • Intermediate level of computer skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills

Core Behaviours:

  • Safe working - Ensures safety of self and others, food safe, challenges safety issues
  • Ownership of work - Accepts responsibility, is proactive, plans work
  • Pride in work - Integrity, aims for excellence, time management
  • Self-development - Links own objectives to support the business, seeks learning and development opportunities
  • Integrity and respect - For colleagues, good communication with managers
  • Working in a team - Builds good relationships with others
  • Problem solving -Takes responsibility until a solution is reached, challenges others, works to solve root cause of problems
  • Responsiveness to change - Flexibility to changing environment and demands
  • Company/industry perspective - Knowledge of company and food industry, acts as an ambassador
  • Effective communication - With colleagues/managers, in writing, visually, verbally.